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The human right to a national water plan

The United Nations voted 124 to zero in favour of recognising a human right to water yesterday. When an issue is as one-sided as that you know from the start that it is likely to be totally meaningless.

That does not seem to have deterred the self-proclaimed “global water justice movement”. The press release from the Council of Canadians begins: “After...

Wind-powered water week in Singapore

I was in Singapore for Water Week last week. The event is in its third year, and is still growing. The organisers announced record overall attendance of more than 14,000 people, with the total value of deals announced at the show rising from US$1.6 billion in 2009 to US$2.0 billion this year.

The secret of this success has been to tie in all the engineers and major...

The skeleton in the attic is alive and kicking

I was in Paris yesterday to interview Veolia Environnement CEO Antoine Frérot for the July issue of Global Water Intelligence (it is going to be a great read – look out for it). The idea was to talk about some of the issues I raised in the magazine back in March under the headline “Veolia’s ‘skeleton in the attic’ vision”.

One...

Time for desalters to look for the difference

Should desalination plant suppliers concentrate more on differentiating their product offerings? It is a question I raised in yesterday’s Global Water Market 2011 webinar, and one which deserves closer investigation.

The theory is that the market may take a couple of years to regain its 2007 peak, during which time there will be too many contractors looking for...

How do you play in water?

The water theme continues to excite investors’ interests, but increasingly, water stocks seem to be left out of the list of recommendations for how to profit from macro trends in the water sector. Instead, the focus is switching to the agricultural sector.

The main problem is the paucity of quoted water stocks which deliver exposure to the upside of water...

Corporate water risk management will meet a dead end

Is there an opportunity in corporate water risk management? Certainly there is a growing awareness of corporate water risks. Organisations such as the Alliance for Water Stewardship, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, the CEO Water Mandate and the Water Footprint Network have been promoting the awareness of water risk in the corporate water sector.

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